Google’s CEO has said it plans to include Chat AI in its search product.
Conversational AI features will be added to Google’s search engine, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai confirmed to The Wall Street Journal, as the tech giant ramps up its artificial intelligence efforts. Pichai countered the idea that ChatGPT and other bots pose a threat to its core search business by saying, “The opportunity space, if anything, is bigger than before.” The AI race is unfolding as Google faces pressure to cut costs while increasing productivity, with WSJ reporting that Pichai “wouldn’t directly address” the prospect of more staffing cuts following January’s layoff announcement affecting 12,000 people.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai for an interview on Tuesday. A few takeaways: – Sundar doesn’t think search and AI-powered chatbots are a zero-sum game. “The opportunity space, if anything, is bigger than before,” he said. – Google users will be able to interact directly with conversational artificial-intelligence models (“LLMs”) in search. It could take a few different forms, but one possibility is giving users the ability to ask follow-up questions to their original queries. – There’s more juice to squeeze to reach the 20% productivity gains Sundar outlined last year. “We are pleased with the progress, but there is more work left to do,” he said. – Sundar acknowledged Google sped up its long-running work on chatbots following the release of ChatGPT. “We were iterating to ship something, and maybe timelines changed, given the moment in the industry”.